Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Flutist Sam Coles brings the history of the flute to life in the beautiful surroundings of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysèes, Paris. Find out how the flute we know and love today developed over time and was perfected by makers and performers based in Paris, culminating in Debussy's groundbreaking work for solo flute, Syrinx (1913).
For each concert, each project, each event, there is often an untold story - that of preparation, last-minute crises, disasters averted and tight deadlines. In these films we go behind-the-scenes with the Orchestra on a wide range of projects to find out what has to happen for the Orchestra to be able to perform. If you think of an Orchestra simply as a group of talented musicians in tails, delve into these films to find out what it's really like.
Philharmonia players introduce their instruments, taking us through techniques and quirks as well as their personal relationship and the history of the instrument. The most in-depth set of Instrument Guides publicly available, these films are a valuable educational resource and a great next-step to the introductory videos from the iPad app The Orchestra produced by the Philharmonia.
As both a lauded composer and a world renowned conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. The Boston Globe has said that he displays "a kind of complete musicianship rarely encountered today."
Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London's Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. His pieces Floof and LA Variations have become established modern classics, and new compositions continue to be performed around the globe.